Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Finding a job in these tough economic times can be a challenge. Some job seekers face barriers because of age, making the task even more difficult.
Today, the Senior Employment Program held a job fair to help older workers overcome those barriers.
“I want to look for a sales position, perhaps in the medical field, and I’m ready to go around and introduce myself to these vendors,” said job seeker Mike Levand.
Mike was laid off 15 months ago. He moved to Wichita from Kansas City and says job fairs are a big help when the market is so small.
“There’s more and more competition for jobs, unlike ever before. There are more people here due to the economy,” said senior employment program director Cherie Wenderott Shields. “In January of ’08, we had 50 new job seekers for the month. In February of this year, we had 50 in the first four days.”
Hundreds of hopeful job seekers attended the job fair. Attendance is expected to be 20% higher than in previous years.
The job fair itself is only one resource the Senior Employment Program offers. They also assist people aged 55 and older with resume preparation, job seeking skills and basic computer classes.
Last year, the program was recognized as the top job placement service by the Wichita Business Journal.
For more information about the program, visit the Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita website at www.seniorservicesofwichita.org.